Pierre City Commission Approves Emergency Repairs To City Hall Roof

(KCCR) — The Pierre City Commission has put repairs to the roof of the Pierre Municipal Building on the fast track. The rainy spring weather has caused numerous leaks in the roof impacting both the City of Pierre offices on the first level, and to second story tenant Eagle Creek Software Services. City Engineer John Childs says most of the damage was the result of strong winds…

“They have torn the roof in a few places and is that is where the leaks of originated.  We’ve gone through the process of following up with the original roofing contractor manufacturer and found it…the old roof was guaranteed or warrantied for a 55 mile an hour wind; I should say the existing roof.  They could document that we have had winds in excess of 55 miles an hour since the building was constructed.”

Childs says there two options for replacement, a mechanically attached roof or a ballasted roof where a membrane is secured with rock ballast. He also asked the Commission to declare the repairs and emergency…

“We’re on borrowed time with the roof that we have.  If we would go through formal procurement to put together specs and go through the bidding process, that would add easily another three weeks to the process.  We have been given a date that…mid to the third week…second or third week of June, if Chase was awarded and an emergency was declared, they could get on the roof and it will take about two weeks to complete the repairs and that would include tearing off the old roof, putting on the new and putting on…on all new flashings.”
Commissioner Jamie Huizenga says the roof has been an issue for some time…

“The ongoing rain events that we’ve experienced this spring has proven that we’ve got a serious problem up there and more buckets underneath it is not a long-term solution.  We’ve got to fix the problem.  We want to get after this as soon as we; can I mean in addition to City Hall, we also have tenants upstairs here that are getting first shot at these drippings and we need to solve the problem, so I can certainly understand why we need to declare the emergency and we need to solve the problem and fix it from a long-term standpoint.”
The Pierre City Commission approved a bid by Chase Roofing of Pierre for a ballasted roofing system for 76-thousand 430-dollars. While the ballasted system is the more expensive system, it was also recommended through consultation. Under State Law, the city can bypass the normal bidding process by declaring an emergency so the repair work can begin sooner.